Coronavirus latest: at a glance

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(The Guardian) – Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:

  • The number of deaths worldwide from the coronavirus has passed 75,000 since the outbreak was first identified at the end of 2019, according official statistics kept by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Italy remains the worst affected country, with 16,523 deaths so far, followed by Spain, where the death toll is 13,798. The US is now third worst-affected, with 10,993 deaths – 3,485 in New York City alone.
  • Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency to fight new coronavirus infections in major population centres. He also unveiled a stimulus package he described as among the world’s biggest to soften the economic blow. Abe announced the state of emergency targeting the capital Tokyo and six other prefectures – accounting for about 44% of Japan’s population – for a period of about one month.
  • A number of French cities, including Nice, have announced they plan to make face masks mandatory for those who go out. French authorities have also tightened their lockdown measures in the capital by banning Parisians from outdoors sports activity between 10am and 7pm local time, aiming to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
  • The British prime minister was moved to intensive care on Monday night after his condition worsened.
  • The pace of coronavirus deaths in Spain increased slightly on Tuesday for the first time in five days, with 743 people succumbing overnight to reach a total of 13,798. Total cases rose to 140,510 on Tuesday from 135,032 on Monday, the health ministry said.
  • Mainland China reported a drop in the number of new coronavirus cases after closing its borders to virtually all foreigners to curb imported infections.

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